Graduates and students at Rio Tinto

Graduates & students

Join Rio Tinto today and shape the world of tomorrow

Do you want to reinvent tomorrow and make a positive, lasting impact?

From day one, our graduates help shape who we are. We create an environment where you can go further. One that rewards curious and creative minds.

Your ideas can help us create safer, smarter and more sustainable ways to produce the materials the world needs.

Join us and shape not just your career, but a better future for tomorrow.

Applications now open for US and Canada Graduate and Internship Programs

What’s your passion? Is it to think up sustainable solutions? Push AI forward? Or supporting local communities? Whatever your passion is, we believe that the best ideas come from bringing together different perspectives. That’s why Rio Tinto’s graduate programme brings together people from different backgrounds to work toward a common goal: to make our future better. Do you want to drive change? It’s time to come together and create tomorrow with a graduate role at Rio Tinto.

We’re looking for exceptional graduates and vacation students to join our upcoming programmes from a range of disciplines for different teams across our business.

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Student programmes

We’re looking for motivated students who want to reinvent tomorrow and make a lasting impact.

Our vacation and intern / co-op programmes provide you with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience, apply skills to real-life projects, and get a taste of life at Rio Tinto.

The programmes vary in length and frequency depending on the region and can include opportunities to work in both office-based roles in bigger cities, or in remote locations where you relocate for the internship period or travel via a fly in/fly out schedule.

The best part? You can secure a graduate position at the end of the programme.

Graduate development programme

We want you to help us shape the future of our company – and our industry.

Our two-year graduate programme gives you the tools and skills to innovate and invent – to challenge the way we do things and help us find a better way. Below is an overview of our programme.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • More

Year 1

You’ll focus on:

  • Our strategy, value and behaviours
  • Building networks and relationships with team mates, leaders and technical experts
  • Resilience and emotional awareness, caring for yourself and others, connecting effectively with a diverse range of people
  • Our value chain and expertise of our commercial, technical and functional groups
Employee in office

One-on-one coaching

Practical Support

You’ll have the opportunity to work one-on-one with an experienced external coach who will give you practical support and tools to help you achieve your personal and career goals.

Gamified leadership simulation

A safe place to learn

Through game-based learning, you can practice the skills leaders use every day. As part of the simulation, you’ll have the opportunity to lead a virtual team and set objectives, provide feedback and motivate the team.

Man on laptop
Man talking in front of computer monitor

"Grad Talks"

Insights from our leaders

Starting a new role in a large and complex organisation like ours can be overwhelming. Through our grad talks, you’ll get to hear from leaders first-hand about their own experience at Rio Tinto, and see our strategy, values and projects in action.

Mine to market showcase

From the ground to the end product

Subject matter experts from across the business deliver interactive sessions on key disciplines like closure, automation, orebody knowledge, processing, tailings, water and more.


Year 2

You’ll focus on:

  • Collaborating with others, sharing ideas, innovating and developing new ways of working
  • Building curiosity, having an open learning mindset, adapting to change and being open to new and diverse ideas
  • Creating solutions to real-life challenges based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals
  • Developing creative problem-solving skills
  • Being courageous, thinking and acting strategically, learning how to anticipate change and seize opportunity
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"Grad Talks"

Spark your imagination

Hear from futurists and external thought leaders on topics like globalisation, technology and innovation and creativity. These offer a chance to gain new perspectives from external thought leaders who will challenge your thinking, inspire you to look at things in a different way, and share leading practices from a variety of industries.

Future skills masterclasses

A learning experience like no other

Work with external experts to learn new tools, methodologies and strategies to help you innovate and collaborate to create the best ideas and solutions. Then you can put what you’ve learned into action as part of the innovation project (see below).

Graduates discussing a project
BC Works laboratory

Innovation project

Deliver real-life impacts

Whatever your passion – tackling climate change, automation, or creating value from waste – this is your opportunity to be creative and propose solutions to change the way we work – now and in the future. Work with other graduates using what your learned in our masterclasses to bring your ideas to life.

Graduate festival

Pitch your idea

You and your team will pitch your final innovation project to a panel of internal senior leaders and experts. It’s your opportunity to demonstrate what you can bring to our business with your fresh and innovative thinking. Your idea could even be adopted by the business!

Oyu Tolgoi employees, Rio Tinto

And access to a whole lot more:

There are a range of resources available to you throughout the two-year programme:

  • Learning resources
    Access to world-class digital learning resources via LinkedIn Learning and our Graduate Insights.
  • Networking
    Collaborate with fellow grads via the Graduate Yammer group, Graduate Champions network or through our Coffee Roulette programme, where you can grab a (virtual) coffee with people from all around our business.
  • Mentoring and job-shadowing opportunities
    There are opportunities to connect with subject matter experts to help you grow your network and learn new skills and knowledge.
  • Technical resources
    In addition to learning on-the-job, you can also access online courses, webinars and tap into our internal technical expert networks to deepen your technical knowledge.

How to apply

Applications for the graduate and student programmes follow the university calendar in each region.

For graduate roles you need to:

  • have the right to work in the country where the position is based (citizens, permanent residents, student or postgraduate work visa holders)
  • have graduated with a relevant university degree and have less than two years of relevant work experience

For vacation and intern / co-op opportunities you need to be:

  • enrolled in a relevant university programme
  • returning to university after the vacation placement/internship
  • in the country where the position is based

Graduates’ Employer of Choice

We’re pleased to have been recognised for our graduate programme with The Australian Financial Review’s award for Most Popular Mining & Resources Employer, and a silver award in GradAustralia's top mining, energy, oil and gas graduate employer category.

We’re committed to inspiring our new team members investigate issues and embrace innovative ways of solving them.

“Our new programme connects our global graduates through a virtual series of activities and gives them the tools to really innovate and invent,” says Anita, our Manager of Graduates.

“The proposition is about creating solutions to tackle big issues that are impacting Rio Tinto, but also the world around us, aligned to some of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”

  • Lucas, Environmental Graduate
    Meet Lucas, Environment Graduate
  • Lincoln, Graduate Data Scientist
    Meet Lincoln, Graduate Data Scientist